Lawrence Academy Announces Graduation Speakers

Pamela Nwaoko ‘06 will keynote LA’s 225th commencement exercises

As the school eagerly anticipates Lawrence Academy’s 225th commencement exercises, we are excited to announce that Pamela Nwaoko ’06 will be Lawrence Academy’s 2018 Commencement Speaker.

Pamela Nwaoko '06

Pamela Nwaoko ’06

A member of LA’s Class of 2006, Pamela was born and raised in New Jersey to Nigerian immigrant parents. While in Groton, Pamela engaged in a diverse set of co-curricular activities, including directing a One Act play, founding of one of LA’s first affinity groups, working with students and faculty to develop the Cultural Coffeehouse Series, and, on the weekends, spending much quality time in the library.

After graduating from Lawrence Academy, Pamela attended Georgetown University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School. At Georgetown, she was named a Top Ten College Woman by Glamour Magazine, a Goldman Sachs “Global Leader,” and she addressed her graduating class as a Senior Convocation Speaker. She attended Oxford on a full-tuition scholarship as a Healy Scholar and was recognized during Harvard’s Commencement Ceremony with the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.

Ms. Nwaoko now practices law in Washington, DC at the multinational law firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, representing and advising national and international financial institutions.

“I am excited for the opportunity to return to where my challenging, yet rewarding, educational journey began,” said Nwaoko. “I look forward to meeting the class of 2018!”

Head of School Dan Scheibe will lead the proceedings on June 1 on the Lawrence Academy Quad. Joining Pamela at the podium will be Class of 2018 president Gavin Slattery and peer-selected senior speakers AJ Mastrangelo and Jorie Van Nest.

Boys’ Hockey Heads to the Semis

Varsity boys’ hockey is heading into the second round of the New England Playoffs

By Allie Goodrich ’13

The Spartans varsity boys’ hockey team is headed to Connecticut to play The Gunnery School at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 3, after defeating St. Mark’s 6-2 in Wednesday’s NEPSAC quarterfinal.

“Overall, I thought we played a really tight game,” said head coach Robbie Barker. “Our first goal came off a power play, and those guys worked really well together.”

“We took their opportunities away, we played well defensively, we were relentless on the  forecheck, we tried to cause a lot of turnovers…we played our systems well.”

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Co-captain #4 Jack Cameron ’18 gets ready for a face-off in their own zone.

For defenseman (and co-captain) Jack Cameron ’18 and his fellow seniors [James Miller, Andrew Moynihan, Kyle Gielow, Nathaniel Althoff, and Neil Shea], the game was “a little bittersweet”, as it marked their last contest on the ice in Grant Rink.

“Speaking on behalf of most of the seniors, this place has done so much for us,” Jack said after the game. “We can’t thank Coach Barker, the rink staff, Mr. Potter, and Frank enough for everything they’ve done for us and helping us become the players we are.”

Advancing to the second round “feels good,” said Cameron. “We would’ve liked to have a bit of a stronger finish than we did, but we can save that for the next game.”

“I think at this point, everyone is going to be up for the game—playoffs are a whole different level than the regular season, especially travelling.

“None of us want to go home early.”

Do Good, Be Good; Do Better, Be Better

Robyn Glaser ’86 on the Winter Walk

By Allie Goodrich ’13

On Sunday, February 11 — as part of “Love Your School Week” — Lawrence Academy students, faculty, and alumni will take part in the Winter Walk, a two-mile march through the city of Boston to raise awareness and funds for ending homelessness.  The walk will be followed by a gathering in Copley Plaza, where participants will hear stories from the homeless community, as well as from organizers in the region who are working to prevent and end homelessness in the Greater Boston area.

Robyn Glaser ’86

Robyn Glaser ’86, co-founder of the Winter Walk and vice president of the Kraft Group, has been busy recently.  Currently, she is with members of the Patriots staff spearheading a project in Minnesota. The endeavor includes building a TV studio in the Mall of America, creating a fan zone “so people can come and be a part of the studio with us,” bringing in talent, and producing live programming from eight to eight every day during the week leading up to the Superbowl.

However, as busy as Robyn is, she managed to stop by assembly last Thursday to talk more about the upcoming Winter Walk event.

“Those who are in need, whether it’s just a smile, a hug, or good thought, they’re everywhere around you,” she said. “I’m constantly trying to think: how can I make someone happy, how can I just tell them that they matter?”

Winter Walk 2018

According to Glaser, positive impact “can be defined in so many ways”; from looking someone in the eye to offering help, it’s all about finding ways to show that you care and, hopefully, generate real change.

“If we don’t address the issues of those who have less than us, then we cannot build a vibrant economy that creates jobs, affordable housing, reduces crime, and that eliminates the need, the literal need, to join a gang in order to be able to eat,” said Robyn.
“We all have an active role as community members to make sure that those options are nonexistent, and the only way that we can do that is to keep our eyes open, to see what’s around us, and to think about ways that we can make life better for those who have less than us.”

Walking for the Greater Good

Winter Walk

The Winter Walk logo

This kind of action is what the Winter Walk is all about.

The event aims to raise awareness and funds for organizations working to provide aid, and this year’s beneficiaries include Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; Y2Y Harvard Square, a shelter dedicated to homeless youth and LGBTQ teens; and the Pine Street Inn, the largest shelter in the Boston area.

“It’s so important to me that I leave every situation I’m in making a positive impact,” Robyn said, who shared a mantra she often turns to: “do good, be good; do better, be better”.

“I’d like you to think about ways you can do that too.”

To join Lawrence Academy on the Winter Walk, visit our webpage.